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Vacuuming Is Not Enough
It doesn't take very much of the new season's sunlight to show up the spots and stains which have splattered your carpets over the last few months.It looks dirty, you have to grudgingly admit it.
Little do most of us realise, though, that what we are seeing is quite literally only a fraction of the dirt that the carpet actually contains. According to the National Carpet Cleaners Association, the visible dirt and grime that we notice is, in fact, only the tip of the iceberg; something like 85% of the dirt a carpet holds is buried deep within the pile. Normal vacuuming does not remove all of these deposits therefore there is a gradual build up. When you consider that a carpet can eventually trap its own weight or more in soil - as much as 150 lbs. for an average-sized living room - you'll readily agree its no trivial matter
Worse still, it's this hidden dirt, say the experts, which is the 'killer' - the gritty soil that wears away the fibres and reduces the carpet's life dramatically.
Tests have shown that regular cleaning can prolong the carpet life quite considerably - by as much as three or four times, it is claimed.
That in itself, should be persuasive enough when you consider that replacement costs these days can make a substantial dent in even the most generous of household budgets. But there's more. As well as dirt, more evidence is continually being discovered that an untouched carpet may harbour harmful mites and bacteria - dangerous enough to children and certainly enough to cause allergic reactions in many people.
Vacuuming Is Not Enough
Don't make the error of thinking, though, that a better than usual going-over with the vacuum cleaner will do the trick. Most domestic vacuums and shampooers - even the more powerful ones - simply haven't got what it takes to get rid of that deep-down dirt or those nasty germs.
This is one of those jobs for the professionals, with their battery of highly sophisticated equipment, plus the training and experience to know how, when and where to use them.
They can make an assessment of your particular carpet, taking into consideration many factors, among them are the type of carpet, its construction, age and condition and the degree of soiling, and decide the most appropriate course of treatment; they'll know too, just how best to tackle the surprisingly varied selection of spots and stains they come across.
To make sure that your carpets are in good safe hands employ a professional cleaning company… Be wary of half price offers that are pushed through the letterbox, many of these are the hallmark of the ‘bait and switch’ operation. They offer a low price but once in the home the price rises significantly through all the ‘added’ extras. Often they may have no insurance cover in the event that things go wrong.
A Fair Deal for Customers
The NCCA was set up almost forty years ago. Its principle objective was and is the establishment and maintenance of standards within the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry, with the dual aim of safeguarding the reputation of the industry and protecting its customers.
Members are required to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, designed to ensure customer satisfaction at all times and covering such specifics as fair pricing, service, complaints procedures, liability and consumer protection.
All members are expected to provide a fair deal for their customers, summed up by the Association's motto 'Service with Integrity'
There are currently around five hundred member companies in the NCCA up and down the Country. In addition to tackling carpet and upholstery cleaning, many of them offer additional services such as curtain cleaning, remedial work on carpet fittings, stain-resist treatments (protectors)
Only fully accredited members of the Association are eligible to use the NCCA logo. Its appearance on a Company's letterhead or advertising is a guarantee of your protection. To find a local member, check your local classified telephone directory or contact the Association's head office at 62c London Road, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 5DH (Tel: 0116 2719550).
For more information on the NCCA and to find answers to common carpet, upholstery and rug cleaning questions, please visit my website http://www.shannoncleaning.co.uk NCCA member 1622 based in Hertfordshire, UK
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Shannon Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners are an independent family owned and operated business. With combined experience of over thirty years we pride ourselves in providing an honest, reliable, friendly, personal and highly professional service. We are highly trained specialist cleaners of carpets, upholstery, leather and oriental rugs. Shannon’s use state of the art equipment and techniques to restore your precious carpets and upholstery to the nearest obtainable level of condition and colour. We are based in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, near to St Albans, Northwood and Watford. Our service area covers Herts, Beds, Bucks, Middlesex and North London. Please feel free to contact us for an obligation free survey and quotation.
Please visit my website http://www.shannoncleaning.co.uk